The National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester will play host to the under 13 Regional Development Tournament (RDT) this weekend as developing players from across the country will come together to continue their early steps on the Talent Pathway.
The RDTs provide a valuable opportunity to better understand the level of basketball at various age groups. Giving players an opportunity to compete against others from across the country is also a positive as those involved begin to experience representative level basketball. Whilst the tournaments do contain a competitive element, development is always the primary focus.
Importantly, some of the players from this weekend will continue along the Talent Pathway after impressing throughout the weekend. Others will be able to take what they have learned over the two days and use it to shape their game in the coming weeks and months as they aim to become involved in the pathway again at a later stage of their development.
“The U13 RDT not only provides a valuable development opportunity for the players but also for the coaches and officials as they will be assessed and provided with feedback over the weekend,” said Basketball England’s Programme & Pathway Integration Manager Charlie Ford. “Ultimately, we are looking to conduct an initial assessment of the players in attendance which will then allow us to provide additional opportunities and support to them, their club and parents as they continue the journey through the Talent System.”
Play will get underway in Manchester at 10:00am on Saturday and 09:00am on Sunday, with games going on through the weekend across 4 courts. As always, court 5 will be used for the elbow-to-elbow shooting tests to gauge the shooting ability and standards of the players in attendance.
Entrance to this weekend’s RDT is free to the public and we will provide coverage on our social media channels throughout the weekend.